Shopping in Burlington Arcade, London

Burlington Arcade – Opened in 1819, this is Britain first shopping arcade. It is also known to be the longest covered shopping street in England. It’s quite the ultimate in luxury goods. Another thing Burlington is famous for, are the Beadles. The Beadles are liveried guards policing the arcade. Even today, maintaining centuries old tradition, they wear traditional Edwardian Frock coats with gold braided top hats. The beadles were originally employed by Lord Cavendish from his family regiment (the 10th Hussars) to enforce the code of conduct specified by him at the arcade. The code of conduct entailed “no whistling, running, playing of musical instruments, carrying of large parcels or opening umbrellas and no babies’ prams.” Today these rules still apply and the Beadles enforce the same. They are the smallest private police force in existence. There are 4 Beadles including the head Beadle.
Some of the famous stores in this arcade are –
St. Petersburg Collection – The creations by Theo Faberge (grandson of Carl Faberge) are available here.
Hancocks (est. 1849) – Known for fine period jewellery & silverware and bespoke jewellery & silver. They supply royal gifts and undertakes privileged commissions (the Victoria Cross has been designed and produced by Hancocks since the inception of the award). They also carry jewellery from some of the top jewellery specialists viz. Cartier, Van Cleef  & Arpels, Bulgari, Tiffany, Boucheron, Lalique etc.
Royal Selangor (est. 1885) – World’s largest pewter manufacturer, they are known for their design and craftsmanship. They have a huge choice of gift and tableware items.
Penhaligon (est. 1870) – Luxury fragrances, bath and body products, leather ware and home goods.
N. Peal – Well known brand of Cashmere fashion for men and women.
Crockett & Jones (est. 1879) – Luxury shoes for men and women. They specialize in the Good Year Welted construction, a traditional method of shoe making used for over 400 years by hand makers.
Pickett – Handmade leather goods for men and women, semi-precious jewelry and woven scarves and Pashminas.
There are many other similar shops all carrying exclusive, exquisite and expensive merchandise! It is a great place to window shop – in case one is not up to buying anything.

Getting to Burlington Arcade –
Tube (subway) – Piccadilly Circus (on the east) and Green Park (on the west)
Buses – 8,9,14,19,22,38.

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